Why do some books attract readers while others don't? What are the essential qualities of an irresistible read, a story people can't wait to start? And what's the secret to attracting a literary agent or publishing deal? The answer to all three questions is: Premise. A powerful premise is what separates ordinary novels from best sellers. William Bernhardt explains the essential elements of breakout books, stories that reel in readers and attract serious attention. He discusses all the essential elements: originality, high stakes, believability, inescapable conflict, emotional appeal, and others. Plus, in the final chapter, Bernhardt explains how to turn your powerful premise into a winning pitch to attract agents and editors.
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"Aspiring Writers: You Need This Entire Series"
Another homerun in the Red Sneaker series. These books are short, fast, and direct, with all of the extraneous bells and whistles left out. They're instantly applicable and generally take less than 3 hours to read. The end-chapter exercises are as invaluable as the information.
"I still hate this guy...."
Yet another mind blowing experience from Wm Bernhardt's Red Sneaker Series. Over the past 2 years I've read about, no joke thirty books on writing. Most of them good solid books advising young, (scratch that) fledgling writers. In February of this year I started reading The RSS, Red Sneaker Series. Bernhardt gives me that little tap on the Bell (pun intended) that starts to make sense. Every one of the RSS, is a smack in the gut to my writing. I stop for a few day catch my writers breath, then delete a few thousand words, rewrite, tightening up my plot, dialogue, structure, style, character, and now premise. I got to tell you when I wake up from dead sleep and say out loud. "There's more to premise than just a theme." Yeah, this guys good... real good.
Fiction Attack, by James Scott Bell, another good solid writer with an intuitive understanding of story. Creator of the LOCK method of writing which has become the engine of a lot of modern fiction.
Premise is more than just theme
Buy the books... you'll thank yourself once you do.
It helps authors to package their work.
It goes beyond premise. The information provided about editors and publishers is a welcomed bonus.
Buy the series.
I enjoyed the content and the performance. The has the experience and this audiobook was informative and inspiring.
"You cannot do without this one"
I love the series. I am so happy I found this author's series of books. Not a bunch of filler stuff, just concise facts that get the job done in a memorable engaging way.
"Good Advice, but..."
He gives advice to make your writing more marketable. The advice isn't bad. However, he gives little advice to make your writing better. Marketable and good are two different things, and he fails to make that distinction. Many examples of books that sold well are used in the text, and he talks about what made them successful. This is fine, like I said the advice is good. However, fails to recognize that while, yes, these books sold, that they were from a writing and literary standpoint, terrible. I would like to be taken seriously as a real author, not be the next Stephanie Meyer. Also, I resent being told that I need to read "A Tale of Two Cities" by someone who fails to get the main character's name right. Sydney Carton is the character he is referring to. Charles is Lucy's husband. However, it seems this error was corrected in the kindle edition.
"Really? The Premise is the anchor to the story?"
The other reviews talk about marketing and packaging and what most of the reviewers report is spot on.
The value in knowing how to create a premise is that those few, but difficult, words create boundaries the writer can use to keep the story on track even if it goes in a different, delightful direction- if the "direction" still supports the Premise! The story will not wander if you keep the Premise in front of you, the writer, even in the first draft. If you're writing solely for your own enjoyment, then this book may not be for you. If you're writing for the enjoyment of the readers, this and the series of Red Sneaker Series, has extraordinary "gems".
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